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Maisie's Dream
by gurdonark
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Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 3:52 AM
Mana Junkie
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 4:12 AM
Sounds like music to put in the epilogue of a movie, before the credits hit. A montage of scenes of where all the characters are now sort of thing. It’s very hauntingly beautiful, and well mixed. Kudos.
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:53 AM
Thank you. I like that montage image a lot.
Doxent Zsigmond
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 4:12 AM
Clear, minimal and resting sound. Love it.
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:53 AM
Thanks. Clear, minimal and resting were things I was going for.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 5:03 AM
I love how you explained what you did here. And your remix is great.
I have nearly listened through all Loveshadow mixes - and as you here added your portion of Gurdonark he is adding his Loveshadow stamp to the songs.

I like this very much and I believe you spent a lot lot of time to make the stems fit.
Very worth a listening and yes - a picture of an exhibition.
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:55 AM
Yes, I agree—Loveshadow brings a lot to the things he remixes, so that each keeps some of the original but bears a Loveshadow signature.
I like the idea that the artist created the same image, mildly changed, in setting after setting—something we in remix culture understand.
Scott Altham
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 5:28 AM
This is the sort of thing I enjoy listening to with headphones on and the lights out. It really paints a picture in your mind. Nicely done sir
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:56 AM
Thanks! I like to try to create non-narrative pictures in that way.
I have a friend, the musician C. Reider, who refers to his music as “abstract”. I am not sure my music is sufficiently non-representational to qualify for that term, but I understand the idea.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 7:44 AM
I love it. With some subtle almost undiscernible old PBS vocal samples this would be Boards of Canada - esque. I add them in mentally.
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:58 AM
Thanks. I really like Boards of Canada, though I am less influenced by Boards of Canada than that Boards of Canada and I apparently are influenced by the same earlier artists (though of course, Boards of Canada are amazing at it).

It would have been fun to put indistinct vocal samples in, just a little too low to be interpreted.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 8:01 AM
Here’s what I find impressive about this piece:
Six samples from Loveshadow and if I heard it without any info I would know it was you. I recently tried to do a mix with Loveshadow’s material and failed miserably. I chalked it up to my inability to relate to pop music. But now, if I try it again, I’ll take a tip from you and use smaller chunks.

Which is to say - nicely done.
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 8:06 AM
Loveshadow’s mixes are full of great sets of sounds coordinating together, which make them tricky, sometimes, to find the individual
pieces that can be added into a mix.
Some of the uploads do have individual stems, and for others, I focused on intros and extros where there might be one solitary thing to handle.

I like to work with tiny samples when I am working with non-ccMixter material, and I always try to work to get several more seconds per sample into Mixter remixes, so that folks can “hear” their material in the remix.

permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 8:40 AM
What a perfect pairing!! It’s an intellectual exercise wrapped in a beautiful emotional wrapping (or, what, the other way around?) This is gorgeous really.

Happy Anniversary!
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:59 AM
Great to see you back at the Mixter for this 10th Anniversary event. Thanks for the kind words. Getting Loveshadow to remix guaranteed me a rich set of samples from which to begin.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 11:05 AM
always like cross-over arts…
nice content and intriguing sounds…..
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:59 AM
Thanks! I hope you are doing well. I still remember our “Cloud” cross-over with great fondness.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 11:38 AM
i belong to an art-group and the Pre-Raphealites are my favorite group of painters. i study them in depth so reading all about your mix and the story and history you shared, while listening and looking at Love’s Shadow, filled me with excitement and intrigue. i’m glad you created a Gurdonark mix. you have a style all your own and this mix is no exception. your music is like its own language and all of us here at ccM are lucky we’re able to experience an entirely new way of opening our ears and minds through your creation.
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 8:26 AM
That’s cool that you study the pre-Raphaelites and that they are your favorite group of painters.
Thanks for your kind words about the song my style in general. I appreciate it.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 12:14 PM
I always appreciate your thoughtful approach to the music you make — this one hits it out of the park. We are so lucky to have you as part of the ccMixter family — ccM would not the be same without you. Thank you for everything you do for ccMixter and for being such a committed proponent of sharing culture. (Ed picked)
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 8:27 AM
Thank you for the editor’s pick. That was a nice surprise. I’ve enjoyed getting to know folks like you through ccMixter and the way we all work for a more sharing culture.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 12:31 PM
This is so good. Whimsical and lighthearted, with a solid musical underpinning.
There’s so much to listen to here. Incredibly rewarding experience.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 1:47 PM
I like the way you approached this. I think the point of the Secret Mixter exercise is to honor the source while making the artist your own and you have done that beautifully. It is evident you arrived well prepared as well Counselor. Your notes are always the best :-).
ditto ditto
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 2:10 PM
This sounds like a musical sculpture. You are a sculptor of music..Very beautiful work ..
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 5:16 PM
There are not many people who ever found this page I made in 2009.
permalink   gurdonark Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 7:20 PM
Great page! Though I think I saw pages on artmagick, I do not think I saw this one.

When I started looking things up yesterday, my vague and mistaken impression was that the term “Love’s Shadow” was from a line in a Christina Rossetti poem. I knew it was something connected to the pre-Raphs but did not realize it was the painting, if ever I knew before. So it was a delightful thing to realize this other, different basis for the name existed. Great name for a musical handle.
permalink   Loveshadow Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 1:51 AM
We can go with that but it actually has nothing to do with art, just uncanny you should arrive at a similar coincidental place. :-)
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 7:52 AM
Totally uncanny, though I attribute it more to lack of memory than anything else. I remember you had mentioned somewhere on social media you liked the pre-Raphaelites, so that part is easy. But surely I must have happened acros the painting and forgotten it.

On the other hand, I was right that there are pertinent lines from Christina Rossetti, from that song called “When I am Dead, my Dearest”. It fits nicely when it comes to love’s shadow (and memories):

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 8:34 PM
Very, very nice.

And good investigative work on the name. : )
permalink   gurdonark Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 8:07 AM
Hey Teru:

Great to see you here. It was fun to learn so much about the name, and its story.
Chandan Boruah
permalink   Sun, Nov 16, 2014 @ 9:40 PM
Really made me meditative, I feel like the days when I was a child when I listen to this music. Thanks Gurdonark and Loveshadow!

This is a masterpiece :)
permalink   gurdonark Thu, Dec 4, 2014 @ 12:36 PM
Thank you for such kind words. It was a fun song to put together.
permalink   Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 12:21 PM
Glad you went with a Gurdonark piece! It’s how it should be and I really like how it turned out!
permalink   gurdonark Thu, Dec 4, 2014 @ 12:37 PM
Thanks! It was fun to work with such great source material.
permalink   Thu, Dec 4, 2014 @ 10:50 AM
Welcome Back, friend! I am also back; we should get together again. Come over.

To entice you, I have art by Hunt and Leighton in the house, and I wrote my Poetry thesis on Christina Rossetti! Small world.
permalink   gurdonark Thu, Dec 4, 2014 @ 12:38 PM
Great to hear from you. I realized the other day that I did not get back with you on something you had asked about, when the something you were asking about sounded like great fun to do.

It would be fun to get together. It’s fun to hear that you like that era of creative people as well.